Additional Resources

Reference staff have compiled a list of resources to assist patrons during this difficult time and will continue to update as more become available. Please fill out this form to notify staff if any links are broken or have changed. 

Food Support
General Assistance
  • 211 Lake County
    • Call 211 or text 898211 for assistance 24/7 with any type of health and human services issue.
  • Bartender Emergency Assistance Program
    • The purpose of the Bartender Emergency Assistance Program (BEAP) is to assist qualified bartenders, bar backs, and bar servers who are in need of financial assistance as a result of a catastrophic event or an emergency hardship.
  • Benefits.gov Coronavirus Resources
    • Coronavirus FAQs and assistance provided through the Federal Government
  • IDES: COVID-19 and Unemployment Benefits
    • ​Unemployment benefits may be available to some individuals whose unemployment is attributable to COVID-19. The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) recently adopted emergency rules to try to make the unemployment insurance system as responsive to the current situation as possible.
  • Lake County Resources to Get Help
    • Find important information and resources in Lake County to help you, your family, or organization during this unprecedented time
  • Restaurant Employee Relief Fund
    • The Restaurant Employee Relief Fund was created to help restaurant industry employees experiencing hardship in the wake of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. Through this Fund, grants will be made to restaurant industry employees who have demonstrated being financially impacted by COVID-19, whether through a decrease in wages or loss of employment. These grants will be made on a first-come first-served basis, subject to availability of funds.
Internet Access
Small Business Support
Staying Active
  • Mather Telephone Topics
    • With Telephone Topics, you simply call a toll-free number to listen to a wide range of interesting discussions and programs. From wellness to education to music!
  • YMCA 360
    • Online exercise programs for all ages!
Student Resources
Tax Information
  • AARP Tax Aide
    • All AARP tax-aide sites have been suspended until further notice. Please visit this site or call 1-888-227-7669 for updates on the status of tax aide sites.
  • IDOR COVID-19 Information for Taxpayers
    • The Illinois Department of Revenue has established this web page to provide information and resources to help Illinois taxpayers, businesses, and others affected by the coronavirus.
  • IRS Corona Virus Tax Relief
    • The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus. This page will be updated as new information is available.